“Jesus, Senator, There’s a Picture!”: Al Franken Forced To Issue Second Apology After First Statement Draws Ire

Senator Al Franken is not only under fire for sexual harassment allegations from Los Angeles anchor Leeann Tweeden, but the Democrat lawmaker is getting grilled for what critics believe was a pathetic first attempt at clearing the air. 

Below is Franken’s first statement.

“NEW Stmt from @SenFranken: “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann.” Says he “shouldn’t have done” the picture,” tweeted NBC reporter Frank Thorp V.

The statement drew ire from the media.

Esquire reports:

This is not an adequate response:

Not even close to it. Jesus, Senator, there’s a picture!

Today’s chapter in the apparently neverending saga of men behaving crudely comes from LeeAnn Tweeden, a former model and currently a news reader at KABC radio in Los Angeles. She went on a USO tour in 2006 along with some country music stars and then-newly-elected Senator Al Franken. According to Tweeden, this was not a pleasant experience.

Matthew Yglesias of Vox dismissed the statement, as well.


“Um… this statement is quite terrible Al Franken. You are going to have to do a lot better than that,” tweeted  Cheddar anchor Baker Machado.


After the first apology didn’t see to cut it, Franken issued a second statement.

Sen. Al Franken apologizes after accusation of sexual misconduct: “I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.”

Both Republicans and Democrats are calling for an ethics probe.

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